Here we look at different bullbar types and the effects they can have on your vehicle.
SmartBars are a relatively new entrant to the market. These bullbars are constructed from plastic with a steel subframe, only weighing around 30-40kgs - depending on the vehicle make and model. Add a winch to the setup, and it still only weighs around 60-70kgs.
The Smartbar, although constructed from plastic, has superior spring-back after an impact compared to a steel bullbar.
Another option to decrease the weight of the bullbar is to use an aluminium bullbar option. These are up to 30% lighter than steel bullbars, and are available in a polished finish, or they can be powdercoated so they look just like their steel counterparts.
What effect do bullbars have on pedestrian safety?
As can be imagined, a traditional steel bullbar is very dangerous in the unfortunate situation where a pedestrian is impacted.
In New Zealand, there are no current requirements for a class NA vehicle, such as a ute, to meet any formal impact or pedestrian impact standards.
On the other hand, bullbars in Europe are required to meet the requirements set out in the European Regulation for Pedestrian Safety.